Behind the Sermon | Everybody is a Neighbor

Behind the Sermon | Everybody is a Neighbor

I’ve started a new experiment. I’ve been thinking of vlogging these last few weeks, and ultimately, after pouring over youtube, realized I wanted to start working through an honest week of sermon writing. I couldn’t find pastors regularly vlogging, so I am curious how this all works out.

So without any added fanfare, here’s the first episode of Behind the Sermon. If you dig it, please subscribe on youtube.

 

 

And here is the sermon this week produced.

 

Chaos Killer | Productive Pastor 77

Chaos Killer | Productive Pastor 77

Do you ever feel like you’ve lost control?

It’s time to conquer the chaos and become a chaos killer. Over the last few months, I’ve gotten a little too familiar with chaos and what it takes to climb out of it. But we aren’t going to talk about the dirty side, instead, I am going to share with you what it means to capture the chaos and keep it contained (so it can never come get you.)

Front Matter

It’s about doing, not tweaking by Carl Pullein This is a fantastic article on Medium (one of my new favorite content sites). The biggest takeaway we can all grab from it is realizing in this new world shipping, instead of perfection, reigns.

My new youtube channel: Chad Brooks In this, I’m sharing a little more about life (alongside my wife Meredith). I already have two ironman texas vlogs and a timelapse or two up.

Chaos Killer

Chaos is in a direct relationship to capacity. When your capacity is hit to it’s maximum, in any area, and pushes pass it, then chaos invades your entire life and slowly begins to take it over. Like the raptors in Jurassic park, it is finding the weakest link in your defense system. Once in, it is capable of taking down the strongest place in your life.

There are three posts of chaos keeping: space, schedule, and soul. Each of these forms a protective element to keep those chaos raptors from destroying your life and sneaking in.

The 7 habits of Unproductive Pastors | PP58

Space
What do the physical spaces of your life look like? They serve as an almost instant reading of how we can let chaos overtake us. One of my favorite differences between total destruction and total creativity is Casey Niestat’s studio. One day my office, study, studio, whatever will look like this.

Schedule
What do you allow to run your day? Does your schedule run you or do you run your schedule? There is a big difference. The spaces you live and work in are a visible reflection of the chaos and how it orders your life. Chaos fills in all of the untended gaps and takes up space with distractions, reminders, and methods of life suck.

Schedules need a buddy. That buddy’s name is goals. The listlessness we can experience in life is the best bud of chaos. Remember that.

I’ve been loving Michael Hyatt’s new book Living Forward.

Soul
How are you taking care of yourself? If you are run-down and ragged out, things aren’t going to work out well. Your single, greatest defense system is a regular, rhythmic and routine time of prayer and scripture. Remember the twenty-mile-march.

Building a Bible Reading Routine | PP55

Back Matter

Have you checked out the Productive Pastor Community? It’s an awesome place for ministry leaders to have productivity and time management resources. It’s absolutely free and connects you on Facebook to other folks in the community.

Make sure to subscribe to the Productive Pastor Insider.

Remember to Review and Rate in iTunes. You can do it right here.

Talking with God (with Adam Weber) | Productive Pastor 76

Talking with God (with Adam Weber) | Productive Pastor 76

I am super excited to share my conversation with Adam Weber today. Adam is the lead pastor of Embrace Church. And he just wrote his first book! It is a fantastic, accessible book on prayer. I love it.

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I’m hustling along on the premium content for my sermon worksheet. If you want to jump on the early bird mailing list, you can do so right here. Plus I give you the last beta version of the sheet.

My friend Danielle left a great review of the podcast on iTunes. Thanks, Danielle.

Talking with God (with Adam Weber)

On the journey with prayer.

  • prayer as a last resort.
  • 5 years in when I started.
  • In the season of “back-patting.”
  • The relationship of external prayer and deep internal desire.
  • Instead of “I need your help” we run head first into fixing it ourselves.

Prayer has to change at the heart level-not the mind level.

  • I want to make a different but apart from you I can do nothing.
  • Don’t wait until the bottom falls out.
  • Wild stuff
  • Intentional prayer life through the week.
  • The power of walks.

What does Sabbath look like?

  • Friday-Saturday
  • Physical space of sabbath. (walks and the front porch)
  • Art of the sermon interview
  • He preaches 28 times a year
  • what breathes life into you and what takes life from you.

Back Matter

Adam’s interviews on The Threshing Floor

Adam Weber, Church Planting, and being Missional | TTF 35

Adam Weber on Prayer | TTF 83

Buy a copy of Talking With God: What to say when you don’t know what to pray (amazon affiliate link)

AdamWeber.com

Make sure to subscribe to the Productive Pastor Insider. You can join the Productive Pastor Community here.

Remember to Review and Rate in iTunes. You can do it right here.

Under the Hood: Study Retreat Recap and More | PP75

Under the Hood: Study Retreat Recap and More | PP75

I wanted to take a quick episode to do a study retreat recap and talk about some awesome things happening in Productive Pastor world.

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iTunes Review and Rating

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If you were one of the reviewers, make sure to contact me at twitter. @revchadbrooks.

Study Retreat Recap (and more).

In episode 73, I talked about my upcoming study retreat. I was super excited to take this retreat. I learned several things on my retreat.

  1. Go to a place that inspires you. It was really easy to study at the Lanier Theological Library. Almost perfect.
  2. Being by yourself for that length of time is really odd. I was surprised how tough it was.
  3. Schedule, Schedule, Schedule.

Sermons that have reach

Over a year ago I started working on a new version of my sermon worksheet. It has taken me ages to update this resource because I am making it 100x better. I am shooting for it to be out in April.

Podcasting Sermons

I have been getting more and more emails from people wanting to start podcasting their sermons. I TOTALLY believe this is a great idea for any church. I’ve started writing material to help anyone start podcasting, including buying equipment and what services they need to use.

Christians Go To Podcasts To Say Things They Can’t Say In Church (from NPR)

5 Must-Have Notes in Your Evernote Shortcut List |PP74

5 Must-Have Notes in Your Evernote Shortcut List |PP74

What’s Up! Today we are talking about that little-used shortcut feature in Evernote. Evernote shortcuts are the best! This episode is all about the 5 best notes to have sitting in your shortcuts.

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5 Must-Have Notes in your Evernote Shortcut List

Daily Journal
I first started this daily journal habit years ago. It’s really quick. I note the day, weather, location, scripture and where my emotions are at. I learned this from Michael Hyatt. It’s the first thing I do when I sit in front of my computer in the morning.

My Weekly Template
This is simply my always-working-on template for running my week. Currently, it isn’t as task based as it used to be. Right now it is keeping track of some repetitive pieces of contacting that are important to me.

Sermon and Sermon Series Ideas
I have ideas in here that are YEARS old. I mean YEARS. All the way back to seminary. I don’t do big fleshing out in here…but I get the ideas out of my head to the level I will quit thinking about them. I might not ever use them, but I am letting that part of my brain work and wonder.

Things I Need to Do
Ok. This one can seem really weird. I have a running task list…most of them are medium levels of importance. This is a strategic list and it works hand in hand with my weekly and daily to-do list, especially when it comes to strategic tasks.

Yearly Goals
This is the newest. I made some pretty big goals for 2017. This note isn’t for working through these goals, just marking major milestones and bigger thoughts. I use this note to refer back to my goals pretty frequently, if not every day.

I hope these notes help you develop your own Evernote shortcut list.

Back Matter

Do you use Evernote and Trello? I have specific sub-pages setup for all my content relating to both of these. You can find them at revchadbrooks.com/evernote and revchadbrooks.com/trello.

Also, for anyone wanting to get their Evernote shortcuts or any other Evernote related skills honed better, you need to check out Brett Kelly’s Evernote Essentials.

We are starting a new idea in the Productive Pastor Community in March. We are reading Eugene Peterson’s book Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral IntegrityIf you haven’t jumped into the Productive Pastor Community, this would be a great time.